EA Head Says Microsoft and Sony Should Watch Their Backs
Video game maker Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) CEO Andrew Wilson has said he believes Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Sony Corp. (NYSE:SNE) will soon face some big competition from companies including Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) in the video game console realm. Wilson believes those tech giants won’t allow themselves to be excluded from the living room market for long.
Other companies that Wilson thinks could soon become competitors for Microsoft and Sony include Roku, Comcast Corp. (NASDAQ:CMCSA), and even mobile providers. ”Our market is evolving at a very, very, very rapid rate,” Wilson said, speaking at the Credit Suisse 2013 Technology Conference on Tuesday, according to Games Industry. “I think that Microsoft and Sony have a real opportunity to build a strong following and a strong install base while they continue to be the single best way to get high fidelity, high definition interactive entertainment to your 80-inch television.”
He went on to say that, “If you think about Microsoft’s strategy — and I think Sony shares some of this in their long-term view, of being a broader entertainment device in your living room — I think they have that time. I think that three years from now, four years from now, they’re going to be under some fairly stiff competition for the living room, from mobile providers, from Apple, from Google, from Roku, from Comcast, to try and own that living room experience.”